The Letterman Connection Message Board: Zodiac Media: The Letterman Connection

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) ( - on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 - 10:45 pm:

The following top-10 appeared on an episode of "Late Night With David Letterman", date unknown:

Top 10 Things With the Same Statistical Probability as the Minnesota Twins Turning Two Triple Plays in the Same Game

10. First ball of the season hurled by President actually reaches catcher without bouncing.

9. Falling meteor crushes Ebert, spares Siskel.

8. No one within two miles wearing a Simpsons T-shirt.

7. Farrakhan named B'nai Brith Man of the Year.

6. A really, really dumb guy becomes Vice-President.

5. The Zodiac Killer turns out to be Joan Lunden.

4. Watching VH-1 for a half hour and not seeing a Phil Collins video.

3. Watching VH-1 for a half hour.

2. President Tyson.

1. The Yankees making one double play.

Bet he meant the NY Zodiac...

By Scott Bullock (Scott_Bullock) ( - on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 01:25 am:


You are probably right. This Top Ten List, from what I can gather, had to have occurred during the 4 years of the first George Bush's administration. Also, I believe that it is very likely that Letterman's writers were referring to the NY Z.


By Peter H (Peter_H) ( - on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 06:10 am:


The evidence supports your interpretation. Note the Dates:

"On July 17, 1990, the Minnesota Twins completed two 5-4-3 triple plays in the same game. In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded and Scott Erickson on the mound, Boston's Tom Brunansky hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Gary Gaetti. Gaetti scooped the ball up easily, stepped on the third-base bag, then, rather than nail the go-ahead run at home, whipped a throw to second. Second baseman Al Newman brushed the base, then relayed to Kent Hrbek at first to complete the play. The throw beat sloth-like Bruno by a healthy margin. The second triple play occurred when Jody Reed smacked another grounder right at Gaetti with men on first and second. Once again, Gaetti-to-Newman to-Hrbek resulted in a three-out play. Reed would normally have beaten the play out, but he stumbled coming out of the box. The Twin's defensive heroics went for naught, however, as Boston won the game 1-0 on a fifth inning unearned run."


"So begins a bizarre and cryptic letter that arrived at East New York’s 17th Precinct on November 17, 1989, several months before the Orozco and Montenesdro shootings ... [:]

This is the Zodiac.
The First Sign is dead.
The Zodiac will Kill the twelve signs in the
Belt when the Zodiacal light is seen?
The Zodiac will spread fear
I have seen a lot of police in Jamaica Ave and Elden Lane but you are no good and will not get the Zodiac.
Orion is the one that can stop Zodiac and the Seven Sister"

The officers checked through open cases to see if the letter was connected to any of them, but after that they didn’t think much about the letter. ... If anyone at the department who read the letter noticed its resemblance the letters of an uncaught serial killer who terrorized the Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s, he or she did not make a report of it. "

-- Melissa Ann Madden